From The Vault: Toni Braxton – ‘You’re Making Me High’

Published: Sunday 14th Apr 2019 by Sam

This week From The Vault spotlights one of Toni Braxton‘s most blazing jams, ‘You’re Making Me High.’

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A first on a numbers of fronts, the song served as the lead release from the diva’s sophomore set ‘Secrets’ in 1996 and went on to become her first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. [Signature hit ‘Unbreak My Heart’ would continue that trajectory by hitting the top spot straight after.]

A scintillating bedroom banger, the Babyface + Bryce Wilson production saw Braxton do-away with the ballgown ballads and instead set a more sensual agenda. And its accompanying video (directed by frequent collaborator Billie Woodruff) served as a visual exclamation mark.

Sporting a figure-hugging catsuit and sauce in earnest, the vocalist cemented herself as one of the era’s most sought-after sirens.

More than just beauty shots, the clip saw the singer skew playful – with she and guest stars (including Vivica Fox and Tisha Campbell) rating an assortment of men who emerged from elevator doors.

At a time when women, in music, film, and beyond, were presented as being for the male gaze, it was refreshing to see Toni and co flip the script.

For her efforts, Braxton was rewarded with her third Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Performance in 1997.

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A classic song, from a classic artist. An eternal salute to Ms. Braxton, who over two decades later is still racking up Grammy wins and nominations.

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  1. Guru April 14, 2019

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  2. Zion April 14, 2019

    She could’ve been up there with Celine Mariah and Whitney if she released 3 or 4 more albums during the 90’s

    • Danny Bey April 14, 2019

      That would’ve been oversaturation. The 3 she released in the 90s were enough to solidify her as the legend she is. I think she is up there with Whitney Mariah and Celine. She’s just not brought up in the same conversations all the time bc she was strictly R&B while the trinity had pop crossover appeal.

    • Jasmine April 15, 2019

      I love me some Toni. She has a very unique voice. She can sing really deep as well as soprano. It is the perfect combination of sultry, husky, deep, and soprano.

  3. Carlitos April 14, 2019

    A literal legend.

  4. Karter April 14, 2019

    I LOOOOVE me some Toni Braxton! “Secrets” was/is full of bops and I STILL listen to it on a regular… and her self titled album?! Whew chile… a living legend! ❤

    • Fancy BISH April 15, 2019

      This! ✅ ✅ 💯

  5. Steve April 15, 2019

    A proof that as an artist you need not hit any unnecessary note to make a number 1 hit. It’s all about the vibe, sensual vocals, harmony and melody. Toni oh my Toni. Writing this makes me want to rip off my clothes and touch myself.

  6. Megan April 16, 2019

    Toni Braxton (born October 7, 1968) is arguably the most successful and prolific American R

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